Vintage Scan #15: TV21 Comics, 1971

TV 21 (9/25/71) pg.01

I came across this little comic book from the UK the other day, and thought I'd share.  It's called TV 21, and it's from September 25th, 1971. Admittedly, I had to look this up on Wikipedia to find out what this is all about:

TV Century 21 (known as TV 21 from September 1968) was a weekly British children's comic of the 1960s and early 1970s. It promoted the many television science-fiction puppet series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Century 21 Productions. The comic was published as if it were a newspaper from the future, with the front page usually given over to fictional news stories set in the worlds of Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and other stories.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Silver Surfer, Star Trek and Spider Man comics; but, was a bit disappointed to not see any Gerry Anderson stuff like UFO or Thunderbirds. I guess, by 1971 they'd stopped all that.

Click on images to view full size, or just download the whole thing from Rapidshare. Any Brits out there can tell me what or who the hell "Stewpot" is? (see the last page) 


  1. Stewpot was the nickname of Ed Stewart. He's the guy in the photo. Back in the '70s he was a popular radio dj who also presented kids TV show Crackerjack. But don't take my word for it, check the wiki...

    thanks for the scans!

  2. incidently, the celebratory tone announcing TV21's imminent merger with Valient in that advert on page 5 reveals a typical marketing ploy of the volatile UK comics industry. When sales of any given comic were dwindling, the publishers would simply merge it with another, more popular title, thus absorbing the remaining readership rather than losing them completely. The ever-struggling Marvel UK did it all the time, so for instance when sales of Captain Britain weekly went into terminal decline, it merged with Spiderman Weekly, with much fanfare, celebrated with b&w reprint of the US Spidey/ C.B.team-up.

  3. sorry my comment above refers to the 'great news' on pages 6&7, not page 5.
    this means that you have in fact found the last ever 'solo' edition of TV21.

  4. Very interesting information, thriftyvinyl. Thanks for enlightening me.

    File the Stewpot mystery under "solved".

  5. I had / have (if I can ever find it) a TV21 annual from 1969 which I bought 2nd hand when I was about 8. It was all Anderson stuff as I recall, no star trek or whatever

  6. I recall that TV21 even had a Gerry Anderson 'show' that was never actually made - Zero-X.

  7. Funny that Star Trek had colours since it was one of the big thing with the series. The colour of Kirk's shirt is badly messed up though.

  8. there was a zero-x show planned. god that wud have been the bees knees eh.

  9. The whole concept of TV Century 21 was that it was set 100 years in the future, concurrent with the Gerry Anderson TV shows featured in the comic - Thunderbirds, Stingray, Fireball XL5, etc. Hence a July 1967 issue of the comic would have a cover date of July 2067.

    From memory, when the various Gerry Anderson shows ("A Century 21 Production!") went off air, the comic adopted other TV shows like The Munsters, Motormouse & Autocat, shortened the title to TV21 and reverted to the actual cover date and not one 100 years ahead.

    Interesting that there is only one TV show represented in this issue and that a merger with Valiant was taking place, clearly TV21 had lost what defined it.

  10. where can i find downloads of tv21 please, old time fan.

  11. AnonymousJune 07, 2014

    Best Fireball XL-5 story in this comic-and was never filmed-was on their return to Earth,they're intercepted by primitive jets capable of only mach 2,instead of their mach 7 hypersonic fighters-they'd gone back 100 years to our time,and couldn't tell their captors where they'd really come from!